August Crates featured the amazing St. Nick's tea by Simpson & Vail Tea Company. A yummy blend of black tea enhanced with the flavors of chocolate and roasted nuts with a hint of maple. We wanted to share with you a couple yummy recipes made with the St. Nick's blend we think you may enjoy.
ST. NICK'S BLACK TEA LATTE
Boil water and pour over St. Nick’s Black Tea. Steep for 4 minutes. While the tea is steeping heat the milk on the stove top. Strain the brewed tea into a mug. Pour the hot milk over the tea in the mug. Stir in sugar, top with whipped cream and cinnamon.
- 2 tsp St. Nick’s Black Tea ½ cup water 1 cup almond milk (or milk, soy milk, etc).
- 1 ½ tsp. sugar (to taste)
- Whipped cream
ST. NICK'S CHEESECAKE
The holidays are a VERY busy time of the year. With everything to think about and all the things that need to be done (shopping, wrapping, shipping, cleaning, cooking, entertaining. holiday concerts, ... ) here's a dessert that's easy and fast. You can make your own graham cracker crust or purchase pre-made ones to make this recipe even easier.
- 2 pkgs (12) small graham cracker crusts
- 2 pkgs (16 oz total) cream cheese
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
Heat oven to 325°F. In a mixer, beat the cream cheese, vanilla and sugar until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed until blended. Spoon into crusts. Bake 25 minutes until centers are almost set. Cool completely at room temperature and then refrigerate 2 hours.
Make tea cream: In a small saucepan combine: 2/3 cup whipping cream 4 tsp St. Nick's Black Tea Heat the cream until hot and steaming, but not boiling. Remove from the heat and add the tea. Cover and steep 4 minutes. Strain the tea cream into a measuring glass and add extra cream to reach 2/3 cup. Refrigerate tea cream, stainless mixing bowl and beaters.
Assemble: When the cheesecakes are cool, beat the tea cream on high speed until stiff peaks form. Spread onto the cooled cheesecakes. Top with sliced strawberries, blueberries, chocolate shavings, whatever your heart desires.
Presto! An elegant and delicious holiday dessert that is easy to make and will delight you and your guests!